2 top Red leaders arrested

DHANBAD: Giridih police on Thursday arrested two top Maoist leaders from Tisri jungles under Belaband police station on the Bihar-Jharkhand border. The police also unearthed landmines and large number ofdetonators from the jungle.

Giridih SP Amol V Homkar said Sahdev Manjhi alias Parvwez Da alias Amlendu Da alias Anuj Da, who was the self-proclaimed head of Military commander of North Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and East Bihar, and Nemchand Mahto alias Saketji alias Sanjivji alias Doctor Saheb, were arrested from the jungles while holding a meeting. They were arrested by a joint team of the district police led by additional SP (Operations) Sanjay Prasad and deputy commandant of CRPF’s 22 battalion, NK Singh. The Maoists started fleeing at the sight of police at 4am. Police arrested them with a rifle and a pistol. Later, cartridges of AK-47 were also found in their possession. The two Maoist leaders led police to the neighbouring Dongachatti-Ghutiya jungles, where they had laid landmines and hidden large number of detonators, cane bombs and live cartidges.

Homkar said: “They were wanted in more than a dozen criminal cases, including a massacre at Bhelwaghati in which 17 people were killed, and loot and murder at the home guard camp, where five jawans were killed and large number of arms were looted. They were also involved in the attack on Nunulal Marandi, brother of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha president and former chief minister Babulal Marandi at Chatro village. They were operating in different parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.”

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